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Dear Royal Society. Time maybe to take a hard line on those who peddle Turin Shroud pseudoscience?

This is the Last Post (cue one mournful trumpet) on this site, although comments are still welcome, critical ones included (provided the criticism is not intended to be purely destructive, and is preferably constructive and non-abusive). If it’s a summary … Continue reading

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It’s still looking good for leech digesta (as the source of “blood” on the Shroud of Turin)

‘ Those who have been following my most recent  postings will know that I had a kind of eureka moment a couple of days ago. I refer to the idea that the blood on the Shroud was not applied as … Continue reading

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Did blood-sucking leeches help to establish – at least in some eyes – the ‘authenticity’ of the Shroud of Turin?

It began as a posting on a forger’s modus operandi – my posting earlier this morning. Not your ordinary forger, I hasten to add, but probably a monk or similar.  He no doubt thought he was acting from the best … Continue reading

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Was the blood on the Shroud applied with a monkish felt-tip pen (well, a somewhat primitive version thereof)?

So how was the medieval forerunner of your modern felt-tip marker pen fashioned? Simple. Make a little pouch out of felt* or other absorbent material. Place some freshly drawn blood inside – a plentiful commodity in medieval times given the … Continue reading

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